Sun Dolphin Aruba Fishing Kayak Review

Available in 8-foot, 10-foot and 12-foot sizes, the Sun Dolphin Aruba Fishing Kayak is a true favourite among kayak enthusiasts. Comfortable, adjustable and easy to manoeuvre – both in and out of the water. It’s not one for the purists, but as a starter kayak, it’s hard to do better.

Sun Dolphin Aruba Fishing Kayak Review

Product Review

The Sun Dolphin Aruba fishing kayak is affordable and extremely comfortable, thanks to its adjustable seat with back support, and adjustable foot position. It is also easy to use, with carry handles for easy transportation, water bottle / cup holder and spacious storage compartment. It is also designed for the optimum combination of tracking and turning, and its tough polyethylene hull is tough enough to withstand all bit the roughest treatment. * Sometimes this yak comes with a warranty, so it’s something to look out for.

Pros of Sun Dolphin Aruba Fishing Kayak

  • Great value
  • Comfortable, with fully adjustable seating position
  • Well placed carry handles
  • Tough polyethylene hull
  • 2-year warranty*
  • Lightweight
  • Pretty stable

Cons of Sun Dolphin Aruba Fishing Kayak

  • Not a huge amount of storage space
  • Low performance
  • Not great in white water or swell

Best Feature

The Sun Dolphin Aruba fishing kayak is a great combination of durability, portability and practicality. It isn’t a kayak for experienced kayakers, but as a starter model it’s comfortable, lightweight and affordable.

Worst Feature

The worst feature of the Sun Dolphin Aruba is probably its build quality. If you’re looking for a kayak to splash around in and have some fun, it’s great, but for longer journeys or more arduous paddling conditions, you might find yourself wishing you’d spent a little more.

My Personal Tips

Although we genuinely like this kayak, it’s not a boat you want to take out in rough conditions. Keep to the ponds, lakes and slow-moving rivers and you’ll love it.

Customer Reviews

Even with more than 140 reviews on Amazon, the Aruba maintains a solid 4.4-star rating. That’s good going. The 8-foot and 12-foot models do slightly less well, so if you’re undecided which to go for, the 10′ might be your best option.

This is a great starter kayak, light, manoeuvrable and fun.

How to Buy

This kayak is available for purchase on Amazon. Buy it now >>


The Sun Dolphin Aruba sit-in Fishing Kayak has tracks and paddles with ease hence offers maximum stability. It can be used by different ages as it is lightweight, comfortable and versatile.

Sun Dolphin Aruba Video

Potential Alternatives

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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.